The Commerce High School boys’ and girls’ track squads placed first and second respectively in the Area 4-A meet last week at Athens Academy.
Commerce qualified 19 total athletes for class-A sectionals, which will take place at Landmark Christian Academy in Fairburn this Saturday, April 27.
The top eight finishers in track events and the top nine finishers in field events will advance to the state finals (boys in Jefferson, girls in Augusta).
Commerce head coach Pam Canup is confident that her squad will be a force to be reckoned with at sectionals and the state competitions.
“We had one of the toughest areas,” said Canup. “I really feel like we have some good kids that are peaking at the right time and I hope they continue what they are doing. They are very competitive, but you never know what is going to happen when you are competing.”
Two Commerce boys have already qualified for the state meet by posting top finishes in running events. Nahum Mendoza qualified for state in the 3200m run and the 1600m run, while Jose Rodriguez qualified in the 3200m run.
Saturday, Tiger athletes earned both “High Point Award” trophies, which were presented to the boy and girl who earned the most points individually at the Area 4-A meet.
D Ramsey won the boys’ award, while Cameron Hawkins won the girls’. Hawkins also set a personal record in the triple jump and a personal and school record in the long jump.
Results from the region 8-AAA meet are:
Girls – Georgia Military College, first (124.2), Commerce, second (95.2), Hancock County, third (88.2), Mount Zion-Carroll, fourth (81.2) and Gordon Lee, fifth (74). Top Tiger performers were: Rachel Floyd, third, shot put (28-07.5) and third, discus (85-11); Teriny Moon, eighth, shot put (25-04); Cameron Hawkins, second, long jump (15-11.25) and first, triple jump (33-00); Lily Mather, second, high jump (4-11) and third, 100m hurdles (18.43); Sydney McClure, sixth, high jump (4-10) and second, 300m hurdles (52.69); Hannah Crumley, seventh, triple jump (29-01.5); Anna Flint, fourth, shot put (85-08); Jennifer McCannon, sixth, 1600m run (7:35.36); Savannah Mullis, seventh, 1600m run (9:07.72); Zoey Forrester, first, 100m hurdles (18.16); girls’ 4x100 relay team, fourth (53.54); and girls’ 4x400 relay team, first (4:32.57).
Boys – Commerce, first (139), Twiggs County, second (121), Georgia Military College, third (107), Hancock County, fourth (99) and Gordon Lee, fifth (54). Top Tiger performers were: Micah Eason, first, shot put (47-07.5) and third, discus (112-08); Jerquavis Colbert, fourth, shot put (41-04.5); D Ramsey, second, long jump (21-03.5), first, triple jump (41-11.25) and first, 400m dash (52.85); Jamir Walton, seventh, long jump (18-07.75), sixth, triple jump (39-03) and seventh, 200m dash (24.97); Quay Little, second, high jump (5-06) and seventh, 100m dash (11.92); Jose Rodriguez, fourth, high jump (5-06), fifth, 1600m run (5:19.22) and third, 3200m run (12:10.21); Jamal Browner, second, discus (114-07); Nahum Mendoza, second, 1600m run (5:10.20) and first, 3200m run (11:19.52); Terrick Ramsey, second, 100m dash (11.27) and fourth, 200m dash (23.37); Justin Langston, sixth, 800m run (2:26.95); Orlando Gonzalez, seventh, 300m hurdles (49.43); boys’ 4x100 relay team, third (43.85); and boys’ 4x400 relay team, third (3:53.27).